Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet at Willistead Manor

Willistead Manor and Thyme To-Go Present the Annual Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet Event At the Manor

Willistead Manor and Thyme To-Go continue the 2024 At the Manor event offerings with the return of the annual Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet. The unique At the Manor events and initiatives take place in the City of Windsor’s historic manor in Walkerville, co-produced by the City’s Culture & Events department and the manor’s exclusive caterer. Thyme To-Go’s Head Chef Julie Myers designs special menus that draw inspiration from Willistead’s history and from her travels around the world, created with fresh and local ingredients wherever possible.

The Annual Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet, with an Easter Egg Hunt inside Willistead Manor, takes place Sunday, March 31, 2024, with seatings offered at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 for adults, $22.50 for children under 12 years of age, and FREE for children under 3 years old. Seating is limited, and tickets are available now at www.ThymeToGo.ca.

Willistead Manor’s main courtyard is currently undergoing a full restoration. The work includes tearing up the temporary concrete courtyard that was poured during 2018 restoration work, and removing the accessible ramp contained within the courtyard. During this important restoration project, the main courtyard and main entrance to Willistead Manor are closed and inaccessible. During this time, access for events is through the Paul Martin Gardens by way of the pathways in Willistead Park. The Paul Martin Gardens include an accessible ramp.


“Willistead Manor’s At the Manor programming series continues to offer diverse, unique and exciting experiences. We are happy to see the Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet event return, and we look forward to welcoming everyone back again this year. This is certainly a family-favourite at the manor, allowing us to welcome new audiences to step inside Willistead Manor and find rooms filled with delicious food, stunning art, thought-provoking poetry, beautiful music, and much more.” - Christopher Lawrence Menard, Supervisor, Community Programming – Cultural Affairs & Willistead Manor Coordinator, City of Windsor

"The Thyme To-Go team looks forward to all of the At the Manor series events. We can’t wait to treat everyone to another memorable experience for Easter weekend." - Julie Myers, Head Chef and Owner, Thyme To Go, Willistead Manor's Exclusive Caterer and At the Manor partner

Further details on the At the Manor events and programming series can be found at www.Willistead.ca. To learn more about culture and heritage services at the City of Windsor, visit www.CityWindsor.ca or contact 311.

About Willistead Manor

Willistead Manor is a 36-room mansion that sits within the beautiful 15-acre Willistead Park. Built in 1904-1906 for Edward Chandler Walker and his wife, Mary Griffin Walker. Edward was the second son of Hiram Walker, founder of the world-renowned distillery.

Albert Kahn, a noted Detroit architect of the day, built three buildings on the 15-acre estate: the Manor House, the Coach House, and the Gatehouse. Designed in the 16th Century Tudor-Jacobean style of an English manor house, the main building was started in 1904. No expense was spared in the materials or labour. The exterior of gray limestone, quarried in Amherstburg, was hand-cut at the Willistead work site by Scottish stonemasons specifically imported for the project.

Edward and Mary moved into Willistead Manor in 1906. In naming the estate, Edward commemorated his older brother Willis, who had died some years before. Edward lived in Willistead Manor only nine years, until his death in 1915. He was buried in St. Mary’s churchyard across the street from the property on Niagara Street. In 1921, five years after Edward’s death, the Walker Family deeded Willistead Manor to the town of Walkerville. Upon amalgamation of the Border Cities in 1935, the City of Windsor inherited this magnificent gift from the past.

Over the years, Willistead Manor has been a library and an art gallery. Currently, this cultural gem is the setting for countless weddings, meetings, performances, programs and special events.

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